Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, is often remembered as a love story gone wrong. Many people think of Romeo and Juliet that way mainly because the two protagonists are met with a dreadful death. Romeo and Juliet were “star-crossed lovers,” but their deaths could have been avoided if it weren't for their own costly mistakes and the mistakes of others. While some of the events that led to Romeo and Juliet’s death were inevitable, others could have been avoided if some of the characters made better decisions. The two characters who made the worst mistakes were Friar Laurence and Romeo.
With the feud between Romeo and Juliets opposite families, one could say that their young love is set up to fail before it even begins. The Capulets from Juliet’s side of the family and the Montagues from Romeo’s dislike each other with a passion. This makes it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to see each other. This also forces them to marry in secret by Friar Lawrence. In the beginning of the play Romeo confesses his love to Juliet to a friend.
Have at thee, coward.” He also shows his weakness or dangerous ways in Act 1, scene 5 when he see’s Romeo at the Capulet’s party. As soon as he saw Romeo he was ready to draw out his sword and fight him at the party. But eventually Lord Capulet, which only made his rage to fight Romeo enflame and want revenge, stopped him. “ Patience perforce with willful choler meeting. Makes my flesh tremble in their different greeting.
What makes Othello the most tragically jealous is that he actually murders Desdemona and orders Cassio dead as well. Othello gets a plethora of lines and appearances to build quality reasons why he is the most tragically jealous. For example, Othello says to Desdemona, “That handkerchief Which I so loved, and gave thee, thou gav’st to Cassio” (Shakespeare, Othello, 5.2. 58-60). Othello is overridden by jealousy to the point where he finally enters Desdemona’s room to strangle her.
Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story about “two star-crossed lovers” who are battling love and hate between each other and their families. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are deeply in love, but even with all of this love, there is still a brawling hate between the two families. The Montagues and Capulets are known to be the two families who have had a long lasting feud in the city of Verona, where in this story this “ancient grudge breaks to new mutiny”. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love with each other while having to deal with their parent’s expectations to be loyal to their own families and to do as they say. This creates hatred in both Romeo and Juliet as they wish they could just be together without the constant
One example of the character’s decisions made out of free will is the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio. In III.i, Tybalt tries to provoke a fight with Romeo. Instead, Mercutio fights Tybalt and loses. In revenge, Romeo kills Tybalt. In III.i of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo says “Gentlemen, for shame forbear this outrage!
Together, Iago and Roderigo plotted to destroy Cassio’s image and reputation as well as Desdemona’s marriage. As Iago began setting Cassio up, he began to develop feelings of his own for Desdemona. Iago and Roderigo’s actions resulted in numerous deaths throughout the play. First Iago stabs and kills Roderigo. Then, Othello’s jealousy leads him to smother Desdemona because she was “false with Cassio” (Shakespeare 767).
Bradley also argued that the newness of his marriage makes his jealousy credible. Bradley believed that Othello never falls completely and suggested that at the end of the play we feel ‘admiration and love’ for the hero because we exult in the power of ‘love and man’s unconquerable mind. On the other hand, one of the most influential critics rejected Bradley’s views of the hero. F. R. Leavis (‘Diabolic Intellect and the Noble Hero’,1952) argued that the tragic protagonist was responsible for his own downfall: Iago’s role is ‘subordinate and merely ancillary’.Leavis claims that Othello has a propensity to jealousy and has a weak character. Othello emerges as extremely stupid in Leavis’s reading.
It was a terrible decision due to the fact that later on lovers are separated and are miserable without each other. To save their marriage, they try to fool their families, but the plan fails and both of the characters end up killing themselves. While their deaths might have been an effect of their parents’ feud, this story would not be successful due to other complications in their relationships. This Shakespeare’s play has influenced many writers and professors to write their own opinion on the possibility of love at first
William Shakespeare is a well renowned author who is known for showing all human aspects. In the tale of Othello, Shakespeare displays the two most destructive human emotions: vengeance and hatred. In the tale, the two characters, Iago and Othello provide the basis for unfolding tales of lies, deception, intrigue, hate and envy. Iago’s character uses manipulation of multiple people to enact his vengeance against Othello who he believes committed adultery with Iago’s wife Emilia. To plot his revenge, Iago spins his own web of lies from planting the idea in Othello’s head that his wife is sleeping with his lieutenant, Cassio.